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Australas J Ageing. 2012 Dec;31(4):218-21. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2011.00574.x. Epub 2012 Feb 28.

Painting pictures and playing musical instruments: change in participation and relationship to health in older women.

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Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing, School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. jeannine.liddle@uon.edu.au

Abstract

AIM:

To explore how changed participation in painting pictures or playing a musical instrument is related to change in physical and mental health in older women.

METHOD:

Women enrolled in the 1921-1926 birth cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health were surveyed in 2005 and 2008. Changed participation in painting pictures or playing a musical instrument was considered in relation to changes in social activity, social support, health status and health-related quality of life.

RESULTS:

Data were available for 5058 women. Improvements in instrumental activities of daily living (odds ratio (OR) 1.1, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.0-1.2; P = 0.004) and role limitations due to emotional factors (OR 1.6, 95% CI 1.0-2.5; P = 0.002) were associated with starting participation. Decline in mental health-related quality of life (OR 4.1, 95% CI 2.3-7.2; P < 0.0001) was associated with stopping.

CONCLUSION:

Changed participation was associated with change in functional capacity and tied to emotional well-being.

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